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dallas - invited
In an unparalleled technical collaboration, a team of artists, writers, engineers, literary scholars, and freethinkers came together to create a lifelike, roboticized portrait of Philip K. Dick. The robot was featured at WIRED magazine's NextFest, June 25-27, 2005. The robot portrayed Dick in both form and intellect through an artificial intelligence-driven personality. The hardware manipulated Hanson's proprietary lifelike skin material, known as Frubber™, to affect extremely realistic expressions using very low power (1/20th of the energy expenditure of other available technologies). Cameras in the eyes allowed the robot to perceive people's identity and behavior through advanced machine vision and biometric-identification software. The robot was able track faces, perceive facial expressions, and recognize people from the crowd after a limited period of interaction. Watch the video on: